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Glassmeyer, Edward F. oral history

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Edward F. Glassmeyer, an industry veteran, is a Managing Partner of Oak Investment Partners (Oak), which he co-founded in 1978 with Stewart Greenfield. Prior to Oak, Ed was the Managing Partner of The Sprout Capital Group at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, and began his career with Citicorp Venture Capital in 1968.

Over the years, Ed has developed long-term relationships with entrepreneurs and businesses. At Sprout, he led the investments in Instapak with Sheridan Snyder, and Shugart Associates with Al Shugart. Each entrepreneur started a successor company, and Oak served as the founding investor of each: Snyder with Genzyme and Shugart with Seagate Technologies. Snyder became a serial entrepreneur with Oak, and Seagate a partner in subsequent Oak investments, SanDisk and Xiotech. More recently, Ed has led the movement at Oak for more growth equity investing with a ‘venture mindset’ — Venture Growth Equity — investing in operating-stage growth companies as a venture capitalist.

Ed has sponsored a number of venture growth equity companies including Aavid Thermal Technologies, CBORD (Roper Industries), Equaterra, Geotrace, Gmarket (eBay), Fiber Optic Network Solutions (ADC), Paysys (First Data Corporation), and Picture Vision (Kodak). He is also actively involved in Oak’s global initiatives in India and South Korea.

Ed graduated from Princeton University, served as an officer in the Marine Corps, and received an MBA with distinction from The Tuck School at Dartmouth. He has served as a trustee of Colorado College and an Overseer of The Tuck School. Ed was a founding director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). In 2005, he was honored with the NVCA Lifetime Achievement Award.




Glassmeyer, Edward F., Interviewee
Kolker, Carole, Interviewer


National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)


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Oral history

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NVCA-Venture Forward Oral History Collection


Gift of National Venture Capital Association

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102781067 Glassmeyer, Edward F. oral history